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22Feb/130

How to Make Skype Tray Icon Visible in Ubuntu 12.10

If you're using Skype in Unity (the default Desktop Environment) in Ubuntu 12.10, you might notice that the Skype "tray" (or "notification" ) icon is missing. Here's how to make it appear again:

Open up your terminal emulator (hit WinKey and start typing "term", hit enter). Run this:

gsettings get com.canonical.Unity.Panel systray-whitelist

You should get something like this:

['JavaEmbeddedFrame', 'Wine', 'Update-notifier']

This means that Skype is not whitelisted, thus is not allowed by default to display its tray icon. We need to add Skype to the whitelisted programs.

See how we used "gsettings get" in the previous command to see the whitelisted programs? Now we are going to use "gsettings set" to modify that list.

Put this into your terminal and execute the command. Notice the double quotes around the list, and the single quotes around each item in it! Also, make sure to enter this all as ONE LINE:

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Panel systray-whitelist "['JavaEmbeddedFrame', 'Wine', 'Update-notifier', 'Skype']"

Exit Skype if it is running, and run it again. Now you should see the icon.

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